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Wellington Crusader Club to start meetings back up this Monday at Big Cheese Pizza

Sumner Newscow report – The Wellington Crusader Club will be picking up where they last left off with the annual weekly meetings held at Big Cheese Pizza starting Monday on August 26 at noon.

Every Monday in which school is in session from August 26 to May 18, select Wellington coaches will speak during the noon hour in the conference room at Big Cheese Pizza. These meetings are open to the public and you do not need to be in Crusader Club to attend.

The coaches schedules are as follows:

Monday, August 26 — Zane Aguilar, Wellington head football coach; Brian Aufdengarten, Wellington head girls tennis coach; Blake Brewster, head volleyball coach; Charles Wallace, head cross country coach; James Ginter, head girls golf coach. 

Monday, September 9 — Aguilar, Wallace, Ginter.

Wellington is getting love by statewide preseason prognosticators

Preseason practice is officially here. Wellington High School players participated in the annual conditioning drills on Saturday. (Photo by Steve Sturgis). 

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The summer offseason is officially over. Today, teams across Sumner County in football, volleyball, cross country, girls tennis and girls golf have started the 2019 campaign. Today was the first official practice day as mandated by the Kansas State High School Activities Association.

Although the season is way too young for any kind of meaningful analysis, the Wellington High School football team is getting some preseason love. Additionally, Conway Springs is predicted to have another great year on the gridiron.

Here are just a few things being said by two of the preseason publications, you know those magazine/websites you completely forget about once the season starts.

Kansas Pregame Football Preview — This magazine published by Sixteen 60 Publishing Co. can be found at Impact Bank in Wellington and Caldwell (see website here). The publication has given Wellington an “others” destination in that Class 4A poll. Of course, Bishop Miege, is No. 1. Goddard and McPherson, the two teams that played for the west finals in 2018, are slated No. 2 and 3. Paola and Buhler follow. The full 4A list is as follows:

Wellington Swim team holds its annual swim team banquet to wrap up the year

by Bliss Baird, special to Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Sailfish gathered for one more Tuesday night, this time to honor swimmers’ achievements and celebrate with a pool party. The 2019 season was one for the record books–literally. Here are the swimmers that left their mark on the pages of Sailfish lore:

In 30.52 seconds, Jensen Lynnes returned a pool record to the Sailfish, beating the time set by Kenzie Lemos of Derby by 0.43 seconds. Lemos’ record had stood for 17 years! In contrast, Jensen beat a one-year-old pool record–her own–in the 100 free by two seconds. Both times were also team records. Jensen took down another long-time SCM team record in the 400 free, set by Arielle Horsch in 2003. The 16.16-second cut makes 5:23.87 the new time to beat. Jensen also broke my record in the 100 fly SCM by 4.28 seconds.

In long course, Jensen improved her own records in the 50 and 100 freestyles and 100 and 200 backstrokes. Her 1:17.01 100 fly bested my LCM record by 3.68 seconds. In the 200 IM, Jensen beat Arielle Horsch’s record from 2003 by 1.19 seconds.

In the 100 free, Nash Johnsen took down an eight-year-old pool record by Richard Zirkle of Derby. The 2.49 second cut improves the record to a 1:02.76.

Wellington Sailfish wrap up season with two big post-season swim meets

Coaches and younger members to attend the Missouri Valley Division Championships in Wichita are from left: Head coach Anna Wylie, Owen Camblin, Derex Hay, Alara Wilson, assistant coach Bliss Baird, and assistant coach Cindy Tracy. (Click on photo for larger version).

The elder swimmers and coaches who participated in the district championship at Wichita Swim Club are from left: (front) Aurora Young, Jensen Lynnes; (back) head coach Anna Wylie, Quinn McCue, Chance Hamel, Hunter Bryant, Aidan Young, Colin Green, Derick Kotchavar, assistant coach Cindy Tracy and assistant coach Bliss Baird. (Click on photo for larger version). 

by Bliss Baird, Special to Sumner Newscow — After a successful season in the Great Plains Swim League, some Wellington swimmers advanced to one or two weekends of postseason competition. The first weekend, Districts, consisted of qualified swimmers from half of the Missouri Valley region, while the second weekend, Championships, boasted qualified swimmers from the entire region.


Always exciting, this Missouri Valley Districts was unforgettable. Eleven swimmers from Wellington competed at Wichita Swim Club on July 19-21, and all took away something special.

Some will remember this as their first Districts. Owen Camblin, Derex Hay, and Aurora Young adjusted quickly to the uniqueness of this meet: competitors from the entire western half of the Missouri Valley Local Swimming Committee, an indoor pool, and the expectation that swimmers report directly to their lanes rather than to a clerk of the course. Derex selected the 50 breast and 100 free while Owen swam 50 fly, 100 free, and 50 back. Aurora specialized in the freestyles: 50, 100, and 200.

The Enchies win the Corbin fast-pitch softball tournament

The Enchies were the winners of the Corbin Tournament. (Click on photo for larger version)

Sumner Newscow report — The Enchies were winners of the 2019 Corbin Fastpitch softball tournament held last week. They defeated The Dore 24-17 in the Corbin Championship. The Corbin Tournament was a week-long tournament held in the small burg in south-central Sumner County

Members of the team pictured above were: 

Enchies win the Great Race for the 2nd year in a row

Manila Gorillas continue to inch higher in these great races – finishing second this year. (Photos by James Jordan)

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Great Race trophy will continue to hold its place at The Dore Bar/Grill after repeating as Slate Creek Relay Champions Saturday in Wellington. The Enchies won last year too and this was their 10th championship in the 29 times the race has been run.

“It’s going back home,” team captain Kip Etter said after the event.

The top three teams separated themselves from the other four teams fairly early, and the Enchies managed to take the lead for good with four events left.

Enchies fill the cup for the second consecutive year and third time in six years.

In recent years there have been close finishes, and at times bad luck has changed the outcome of the race. This year there was not much drama, but the Enchies managed to win by completing the 13 events in 44 minutes and 58 seconds. The Enchies set the course records of 42 minutes several years ago.

The Enchies won by over a minute, with Manila Gorillas finishing second at 48:16. Security State Bank was third at 48:30.

Scores for Corbin Tournament – Wednesday night

Scores from last night’s Corbin Fast-Pitch Softball game:

Dore 33 Corbin 13

Anthony 26 Last Timers 16.

Tonight: Mayfield vs. The Dore, 7 p.m.

Enchies vs. Anthony – 8:30 p.m.

Ty Wilson qualifies for Kansas Amateur Match Play Championship

Sumner Newscow report — Ty Wilson, a 2018 Wellington High School graduate and a member of the Dodge City Community College Conquistador golf team, recently qualified for the 109th Kansas Amateur Match Play Championship held at Milburn Country Club in Overland Park last week.

Ty Wilson

Wilson qualified for bracket play in the round of 64 after playing two qualifying rounds on Tuesday and Wednesday. His two scores tied him for 48th place aftger two days and were high enough to advance him to the bracket round, where he faced Nick Kagy, who is a former Dodge City Conquistador golfer.

Wilson lost to Kagy 4 and 3 in the opening round of competition. In match play, golfers keep score hole by hole. In order to score a point, the golfer has to beat the other in that particular hole. Ties don’t count. The victor is declared when he is up more points than holes left. Therefore, Kagy was up four points with three holes to play. The two players battled through the 15th hole. 

Sailfish finish fifth in Great Plains Swim League Finals to cap successful season

By Bliss Baird, Sumner Newscow — The Haysville Piranhas hosted the Great Plains Swim League Finals on July 12-13. The conclusion of the meet that marks the season’s end would have been sad if it had not been so exciting! The Sailfish finished fifth — edging out El Dorado and Twin Rivers.

With a small team (half the size of the champions, Winfield), Wellington’s success depends on every swimmer giving their all. Those achievements were another source of excitement at the end of each day as High Point Awards were presented to the top eight point earners in each division. With a perfect score of 27 (three first places), Jensen Lynnes tied for first among 13-14 Girls. Nash Johnsen’s first and two seconds earned him third in the 13-14 Boys division. On Saturday, the 8-and-under boys were replete with highly successful Sailfish: Owen Camblin in second and Noah McComb in sixth! Up an age group, Alara Wilson brought home the second-most points of any girl and Derex Hay the sixth most of any boy.

Although relays do not factor into high point awards, they are worth double the points of an individual race. There is a good reason, of course: assembling four stars in the same age group is not easily done. While nine of Wellington’s teams (listed below) earned points by placing in the top eight, the 5-8 Boys Medley of Ben Farley (backstroke), Noah McComb (breaststroke), Owen Camblin (butterfly), and Duke Shinliver (freestyle) scored a whopping 18 points with their first-place finish.

Corbin Tournament is off-and-running with Last Timers, Enchies winning on Sunday

The Corbin Tournament is a well-organized machine especially with these scoreboard keepers at the helm. Photos by Carmen Hatfield. (Click on photo for larger version).

Sumner Newscow report — The Corbin Tournament is off and running with its style of old-fashioned summer-time Fast-pitch softball. The scoreboard for Sunday night were:

Last Timers 10 Corbin 9.

Enchies 27 The Dore 16.

Fastpitch softball team has been renamed from First Timers to Last Timers. But the years have only aged these players physically.

Tonight’s schedule

Wellington Senior Babe Ruth team finishes with 19-9 win over Watford, North Dakota

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Dukes finished off their Midwest Regional Babe Ruth Tournament run with a 19-9 run-rule victory over Watford, North Dakota late Saturday afternoon.

The Dukes finished 1-2 in Charleston, Mo. The Missouri Tropics and Colorado Bombers have advanced to the finals competition being played today.

Wellington dominated North Dakota smacking the ball 14 times while holding Watford to nine hits.

The Dukes opened the game on a mission taking a 5-2 lead in the first inning. Wellington expanded the lead to 7-3 after the second, North Dakota then staged a comeback and scored two runs to narrow the lead to 7-5 and then banged out four runs in the fourth to give Watford a temporary 9-7 lead. 

Wellington falls to Colorado Bombers – all but eliminating it from regional championship contention

Julian Jimenez battles this runner sliding to second. (Photo by Eric Rinehart)

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Senior Babe Ruth team is all but finished in the 16-18-year-old Midwest Babe Ruth Tournament in Charleston, Mo.

Wellington lost to the Colorado Bombers 5-3 this afternoon to fall to 0-2. In the four-team pool play, the Bombers are 2-0, the Missouri Tropics are 1-0 and will play 0-1 Watford City, North Dakota tonight. Wellington’s only hope of reaching the regional finals on Sunday is hope that Watford City defeats the Tropics and Wellington destroy Watford City the next day. Wellington head coach Jeff Frazee doesn’t believe Watford City has a prayer against the Tropics.

Today, the Dukes fell behind Colorado 5-1, but made one last-ditch effort – scoring two runs after two outs to narrow margin to two runs. But a hard Michael Ledbetter grounder to the shortstop led to an out at first base ending the rally and all but ending the season.

Wellington will play Watford, N.D. on 4:30 p.m. Saturday in what will probably be a game that has no bearing on the championship finals race.

“I really thought waking up today that we were going to win,” Frazee said. “We were most certainly the better team. But we failed to get the timely hits. That’s baseball.” 

Corbin Fast Pitch tournament begins Sunday

Sumner Newscow report — You know the summer is already halfway complete when it is time for the annual Corbin Fast Pitch tournament, July 21 – July 25.

Sumner County residents are urged to take the drive to the middle of south Sumner County to the small town of Corbin for its annual tournament. This year there will be six teams.

Pool A: Corbin, First Timers, Mayfield.

Pool B: Enchies, Anthony, The Dore.

The schedule is as follows:

Sunday, July 21

Wellington Sr. Babe Ruth team loses first round game to Missouri Tropics 14-4

Sumner Newscow report – The 16-18-year-old Wellington Senior Babe Ruth team lost its first game of the Midwest Regional in Charleston, Mo. falling to the Missouri Tropics 14-4.

The Tropics scored six runs in the fourth and six runs in the sixth to topple Wellington in a run-rule game. The Dukes were leading early scoring one run in the first, second and third inning to hold a 3-1 lead after three innings. The Tropics would then rattle off 12 consecutive runs.

The Tropics outhit the Dukes 12-4 and Wellington committed three errors to Missouri’s one. Gage Cunningham got the start for Wellington and in 3.2 innings he allowed seven hits. Matt Rinehart and Michael Ledbetter came in relief allowing three and two hits respectively. 

Wellington swim team finishes off ‘stormy’ regular season in El Dorado and Valley Center

by Bliss Baird, special to Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Sailfish — and, unfortunately, yet another lightning storm — traveled to El Dorado on Tuesday, July 2. After the meet was called off early in the medley relays, the Sailfish brought home not only numerous ribbons and best times but also first place! The following Tuesday, the weather cooperated more or less (not to complain, but it could have been a bit cooler as the Sailfish hosted Valley Center for the last dual meet of the season.

With its long pool and short meet, El Dorado did not make qualifying for districts easy. Nevertheless, Sailfish were up to the challenge. In the ever-exciting 50 free, Chance Hamel beat the qualification time by 0.08. Nash Johnsen satisfied the time standard in his 50 and 100 free, and Owen Camblinís signature 50 fly was a full three seconds faster than the qualification time for kids two years older than he!

Wellington Senior Babe Ruth team qualifies for Midwest Regional in Charleton, Mo.

The 2019 Wellington Sr. Babe Ruth team (click on photo for larger version, photo ID is below).

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington 16-18-year-old Senior Babe Ruth team is heading to the Midwest Regional in Charleston, Mo., July 18- July 21.

Made up mostly of players from the high school Crusader team this spring, Wellington qualified for the regional after finishing second in the Kansas State Tournament held in Columbus over the past weekend. Wellington fell to Parsons 9-3 in the Babe Ruth Championship.

The “Dukes” will be traveling almost eight hours to southeast Missouri, where they will be competing in a round-robin eight-team tournament involving teams from Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, North Dakota and Colorado. Wellington will be competing in the “National Division” against the Missouri Tropics; Border, Colo.; and Watford City, N.D. The other division, “American”, will have Charleston, Mo., an unspecified Minnesota team, the Missouri Protectors and Parsons.

Wellington swim team vs. Haysville: Take two

by Bliss Baird, Special to Sumner Newscow — After the first Wellington-Haysville meet succumbed to a freak storm, almost every detail of the meet changed: from Wellington to Haysville, from a Tuesday to a Thursday, from outdoors to indoors, from a short course meter (SCM) pool to a short course yard (SCY) pool.

Common in year-round leagues, SCY pools are a bit shorter than SCM pools like Wellington’s, meaning that times from this Thursday are not comparable to those from the Winfield meet two days before. However, the different course provided a chance to break the minute on the 100 free, a swimming rite-of-passage achieved at this meet by Aidan Young and Jensen Lynnes with times of 59.71 and 59.90, respectively.

An awesome and unusual start for the Wellington Swim Team

Owen Camblin and Duke Shinliver during 200 relay with coach Cindy Tracy.

by Bliss Blair, Special to Sumner Newscow — So far, the swim season has been anything but typical–and the duck racing swimmers at Derby was just the beginning of it!

After what should have been the third swim meet of the season, Wellington’s IMers and 400 freestylers have yet to swim those events — though not all of them are sad about it. In week one, the Derby Meet was called as a thunderstorm rolled in; in week two, a meet against Haysville was rescheduled to Thursday, June 27, due to lightning before the races commenced; and on the most recent Tuesday, the four-hour rule demanded that the meet be called around 10:20 p.m. Nevertheless, Wellington swimmers have demonstrated improvement, qualified for postseason meets, and earned points for the team.

An exciting measure of progress is a new best time, and many Wellington swimmers dramatically improved their personal records. At the Winfield meet, Hagen Bryant, Emmalee Burden, Sophie Cornejo, Kenneth Dockery, Mia Hawks, Solomon Ledesma, Easton Lynnes, Raynee Miller, Caroline Mott, Marcus Provost, Duke Shinliver, and Alara Wilson all made a cut of roughly 20 seconds or more on one of their races. We look forward to adding to this list as newer swimmers like Anna Ewing, Evie Ewing, Ben Farley, Shyla Hay, and Emarri Miller set their baseline best time and courageous ones like Michael Davis, Eliesse McComb, Eleanor Miller, Ashtyn Sowersby, and Gus Wiens, branched out to new events (200 free, 50 fly, 100 free, 200 free, 100 back, respectively).

Sumner County Catbackers Scramble is set for Friday

Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Catbackers will be holding a 4-Person Scramble on Friday, June 28, 2019, starting at 1 p.m. at the Wellington Golf Club

Entry Fee is $85 per player- which includes golf, cart, beverages, meal and prizes, dinner and Auction at WGC Pavilion following the tournament

Prizes will be determined by the number of participants with up to three flights!

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, June 21 to Sunday, June 23, 2019

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, June 21 to Sunday, June 23, 2019:

Friday, June 21, 2019

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